I’m normally inclined to look at: features, performance, operability, and stability of most of the operating systems I use before ever suggesting what makes a good fit for the end user.
The question of whether any given operating system is right for any given user goes much deeper, right down to the very core of performance, coupled with the fun factor, but with a healthy dose of reality to boot.
For example if you enjoyed Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 you may very well find Windows 10 quite enjoyable on the hardware you are using. Of course there is a reason to be cautious on older hardware.
I use a wide variety of desktop operating systems for a wider variety of purposes, so for me the best fit seems to be Linux Mint for about 90% of what I do. But there are things I use Windows for and in many cases the Windows 10 experience has been wildly different on different hardware.
Drivers on older systems, versus windows update
Finding the right drivers for graphics feels like a victory until Windows update replaces them with the basic display driver or worse fails to boot because it couldn’t replace said driver. This may be a non issue with the right tweaking to updates but so far at least in the Tech preview this has been devastating to many users.
The most awkward issues to date have been these boot failures and sound driver issues. Even on Windows 8 compatible hardware. Of course to play games with decent graphics you must use the graphics drivers as the basic display driver is in no way up to the task.
Wifi cards are often unrecognizable, even the ethernet driver was a non-fixable issue on one of my machines. This is in spite of those cards and drivers being recognizable by Windows XP, Vista, and even 7.
On a clear day
My overall experience with Windows 10 Tech Preview was wonderful in spite of these issues, but for many users this will be a nightmare if something isn’t done to correct the issues.
I generally use Linux in dual boot with Windows, this gets me the best of both worlds. I don’t use Mac anymore as it’s seldom in synch with what I use computers for.
A lot of Mac users are discovering Elementary OS (Linux) and find it’s so comparable that they can readily switch. I think people are maturing past the silly brand identity of the 80’s.
Is Windows 10 Right For You
It’s a fun operating system, The addition of Cortana is cool, though it reminds me of the old virtual assistant programs and chatterbots. None of that is particularly new. When it all is working correctly it’s quite enjoyable. Quicker than Windows 7, prettier than 8, and only time will tell if it any of these issues should bar you from using it. That said, I’ll have plenty of Linux installation tutorials etc right here on my site.
Just in case.